Program Directors

Benjamin Clarsen, Norway

Ben.jpgBen Clarsen is a physiotherapist at the Norwegian Olympic Training Center and a researcher at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC). He has a bachelor degree in physiotherapy from the University of Sydney, a master degree in sports physiotherapy from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and a PhD from OSTRC. Ben’s main clinical and research interest is the treatment and prevention of overuse injuries in sport. He is a lecturer on the Norwegian sports physiotherapy master program and on the IOC Advanced Team Physician Course. Ben has 15 years’ experience working with elite athletes, particularly in road cycling where he has been physiotherapist for a number of professional teams, as well as the Norwegian and Australian national programmes. He is a senior associate editor of BJSM and is currently working as the managing editor of the 5th edition of Brukner and Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine textbook.

Håvard Moksnes, Norway

Havard.jpgHåvard Moksnes a research associate at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC), and a sports physiotherapy clinician at the Norwegian Olympic Training Centre involved in prevention and rehabilitation programs for Olympic athletes. He has been a teacher and supervisor on the Norwegian and Italian master programmes in sports physiotherapy since 2008, and is also consulting clinician for the Norwegian Football Association and the Norwegian Athletics Federation. Håvard trained as a physiotherapist in Oslo and worked 16 years for the private Norwegian Sports Medicine Clinic (Nimi). His research interests are focused around active rehabilitation of lower extremity injuries – primarily knee and hamstring injuries. He defended his PhD thesis on the functional and radiological outcome of a non-operative treatment algorithm for skeletally immature children after ACL injury in 2013, and has written a number of papers on this and adjacent topics. In collaboration with ESSKA he is currently also involved in the initiation of an international paediatric ACL registry.

Ron Maughan, United Kingdom

Ron-Maughan.jpgRon Maughan trained as a physiologist and worked in the Medical School at Aberdeen University for 25 years and then at Loughborough University for 10 years. He is now Professor Emeritus at Loughborough University. His research interests are in diverse aspects of human physiology, biochemistry and nutrition, with a particular interest in both the basic science of exercise and the applied aspects that relate to health and to performance in sport. He has written or edited several books (about 15) and book chapters (more than 100) and has published extensively in the scientific and medical literature (more than 500 publications). He chaired the Human Physiology Group of the Physiological Society for 10 years and has chaired the Nutrition Working Group of the International Olympic Committee since it was established in 2001. He has chaired the Science Advisory Board of the European Hydration Institute since its inception in 2010. He has contributed to the development of online distance-learning postgraduate programs for the IOC Medical Commission: the Sports Nutrition program has run since 2006 and was joined by a program in Sports Medicine in 2013. These are now joined by a program in Sports Physical Therapies.

Program Consultant

Lars Engebretsen, Norway

Lars-Engebretsen.jpgLars Engebretsen MD PhD is a professor and director of research at the Orthopaedic Center, Ulleval University Hospital and University of Oslo Medical School and Professor and co-chair of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center. He is also Chief Doctor for the Norwegian Federation of Sports, and headed the medical service at the Norwegian Olympic Center until the autumn of 2011. In 2007 he was appointed Head of Science and Research for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Lars Engebretsen is a specialist in Orthopaedic and general surgery and authorized as Sports Medicine Physician by the Norwegian Society of Sports Medicine. He serves as chief team physician for the Norwegian Olympic teams. The main area of research is resurfacing techniques of cartilage injuries, combined and complex knee ligament injuries and prevention techniques of sports injuries. He is currently the President of ESSKA (European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy). He is the Associate editor and Editor in chief for the new IOC-BJSM journal: Injury Prevention and Health Protection. In addition, he serves on several major sports journal editorial boards and has published more than 200 papers and book chapters.

Admission Tutor

Susan Shirreffs, UK

Susan.jpgSusan Shirreffs has been undertaking research and teaching in the area of exercise physiology and nutrition for more than 20 years. She has published in both peer-reviewed journals and in physiology and nutrition textbooks. After completing her BSc and PhD degrees she worked in academia as a Research Assistant, a Lecturer and then Reader. During this time her research focussed on human hydration. She then gained insight into the commercialisation of sport nutrition when working in Industry. 

Academic Advisory Board

Mario Bizzini, Switzerland

Mario-Bizzini.jpgDr. Mario Bizzini, PhD, MSc, PT (Switzerland) is as a research associate at the Schulthess Clinic, a private orthopedic and sports medicine center in Zürich. He works there for the FIFA Medical Research and Assessment Center (F-MARC), and the orthopedic and sports medicine departments. His research interests focus on hip and knee rehabilitation in sports, football injuries and sports injury prevention. He has at today 51 peer-reviewed publications, 5 books, and 8 book chapters on these topics, and has lectured at many international congresses. He is a reviewer for various scientific journals, Senior Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. He is also a specialist in sports physiotherapy (committee member of the Swiss and of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy), a rehabilitation consultant for professional ice hockey and football teams, and has worked at three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014) and two Olympic Games (2008, 2012).

Jill Cook, Australia

Jill-Cook.jpgJill Cook is a Professor in musculoskeletal health in the School of Primary Health Care, Monash University in Australia. Jill’s research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing and presenting workshops both in Australia and overseas.

Ann Cools, Belgium

Ann-Cools.jpgAnn Cools is a physiotherapist, working as an associate professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Ghent University, Belgium. Her topic of research and teaching expertise, as well as her clinical work is shoulder rehabilitation in general, and sport specific approach and scapular involvement in particular. She finished her PhD in 2003, debating scapular involvement in sports related shoulder pain in the overhead athlete, and she has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed international journals, wrote contributions and chapters in several international recognized books, and gives courses on a national and international level. She is at present head of the Physical Therapy Education at the Ghent University, and was founding member and president of the European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) 2008-2012.

Phil Glasgow, United Kingdom

Phil-Glasgow.jpgPhilip Glasgow is head of sports medicine at the Sports Institute Northern Ireland. Phil’s doctoral studies investigated factors influencing exercise induced muscle damage and its management. He has extensive experience in high performance sport having worked with elite athletes from a wide range of sports including rugby union, football, hockey, athletics, boxing, sailing, cycling, swimming and squash. He has worked at a number of major International sporting events including the Olympic Games (London 2012 (Team GB); Beijing 2008 (Team Ireland)), Commonwealth Games (Head Physiotherapist Team NI, Delhi 2010; Glasgow 2014) and has been appointed as the Chief Physiotherapy Officer to Team GB for Rio 2016. His particular interests are in the field of functional rehabilitation and in the management of muscle tendon unit injuries. He is currently Vice President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (Physios in Sport, UK), having acted for six years as chair for Education and Research. He regularly presents at international conferences on various aspects of sports medicine. Phil is a visiting professor of the School of Sport at Ulster University and teaches on a number of postgraduate sports medicine programmes at various UK and European universities.

Marie-Elaine Grant, Ireland

Marie-Elaine-Grant.jpgDr Marie-Elaine Grant, Ireland’s Olympic Team Lead Physiotherapist from 1990 – 2010, a graduate of UCD (University College Dublin) and a specialist member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is the appointed physiotherapist to the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission (Games Group).  As lead physiotherapist to the Olympic Council of Ireland she has been appointed to the Irish Olympic Team for 5 consecutive Summer Olympic Games commencing with Barcelona 1992 through to Beijing 2008 and also served with the Irish Winter Olympic Team in Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010 and was appointed to 10 Irish European Youth Olympic Squads. In 2011 Marie-Elaine was appointed to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Medical Commission Games Group, as a clinical expert in sports physiotherapy, in this role Marie-Elaine has worked at the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. She is responsible for monitoring physiotherapy activities and facilities for all participating nations and is the main contact person for the IOC for all issues related to Games time physiotherapy and physical therapies. Marie-Elaine was awarded Specialist Membership of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in 2006 which has been renewed in 2013 for a second term, in recognition of expertise in Sports Physiotherapy. She is an associate member of the UCD Institute of Sports and Health and commissioned their Elite Athlete Academy physiotherapy service. She is involved in extensive clinical practice providing specialist sports physiotherapy for recreational to high performance athletes. She has chaired the CPSEM (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine) accreditation board, and was actively involved in commissioning sports physiotherapy accreditation in Ireland. Marie-Elaine lectures on third level BSc Physiotherapy programmes and post-graduate MSc programmes in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy.  She tutors final year physiotherapy students on clinical placements and mentors post graduates in the field of sports physiotherapy. Marie-Elaine continues to participate in clinical research. She has peer reviewed publications in leading sports medicine and physiotherapy journals.

Karim Khan, Qatar

Karim-Khan.jpgProfessor Karim Khan, MD, PhD, FASCM, is a Canadian sports physician and academic who is an advocate of physical activity for its public health benefit. His research focused on activity for bone health and falls prevention particularly in the aging demographic. Professor Khan was also a major contributor to the paradigm shift that ‘tendinopathies’ are not inflammatory conditions and this led to physicians appreciating the need for active exercise as treatment – the concept of ‘mechanotherapy’. He is a founding investigator in the $40 million research enterprise at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health called the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Here over 100 investigators collaborate to improve the health of Canadians across the lifespan by improving their mobility and promoting physical activity. Karim is the editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine – a strong supporter of ACSM`s Exercise is Medicine initiative. He is also an author of Brukner & Khan’sClinical Sports Medicine (4th edition), a textbook that that helped many clinicians in their residencies and fellowships. He practices what he preaches and accumulates a total of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical daily.

Romain Meeusen, Belgium              

Romain-Meeusen.jpgProf. Dr. Romain Meeusen is head of the department of Human Physiology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research interest is focussed on 'Exercise and the Brain in Health & Disease' exploring the influence of neurotransmitters on human performance, training. Recent work is on Thermoregulation, Neurogenesis, Cognition in health & disease. He teaches on exercise physiology, training & coaching and sports physiotherapy. Romain published over 380 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals, 18 books on sport physiotherapy, and gave lectures at more than 730 national and international conferences. He is President of the Belgian Society of Kinesiology, and past President of the Belgian Federation of Sports Physiotherapy. He is Board member of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS), and Board member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In 2009 he received the Belgian 'Francqui Chair' at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on 'Exercise and the Brain'. He is also holder of two named lecturing chairs at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is director of the Human Performance lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he works with several top athletes, and is scientific advisor of the 'Lotto Cycling Institute' (Lotto-Belisol professional cycling team).

Grethe Myklebust, Norway

Grethe-Myklebust.jpgGrethe Myklebust PT, PhD is an associate professor at the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center. Her clinical practice is at the Norwegian Olympic Center. She is also authorized as Specialist in Sports Physiotherapy by the Norwegian Physiotherapy Federation and as Sports Medicine Physical Therapist by the Norwegian Society of Sports Physiotherapy. She has served as physical therapist for the female national teams in handball and soccer for ten years and for the national beach volleyball teams for six years. She has also worked as PT at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 and Sydney in 2000. She is past vice president of the Norwegian Society of Sports Physiotherapy and past member of the International Handball Federation Medical Committee. Her main research area is related to prevention of sports injuries.

Nicola Phillips, UK

Nicola-Phillips.jpgNicki is a reader at Cardiff University and Programme Manager of the MSc in Sports Physiotherapy. She is also a Consultant Physiotherapist for Sport Wales and the Welsh Rugby Players Association.  Nicki is also a member of the Boards of the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales and Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine in the UK. She is currently President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy. She was made a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in 2011 and an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2014. Her research and publication areas include the affects of injury on motor control and measurement of functional recovery following sports injury, whilst her main clinical experience is in sports injury management, with a specific interest in sports rehabilitation of upper and lower limb in the High Performance athlete. She lecturers on these aspects nationally and internationally. Nicki’s sports experience includes travelling and working with the British and Welsh teams at Olympic and Commonwealth Games over the last 25 years. She was Deputy Chef de Mission for Team Wales to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and will travel as Chef de Mission for Team Wales at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa 2015.

Craig Purdam, Australia

Craig-Purdam.jpgCraig Purdam is the Deputy Director of Athlete Services and the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport. Craig Purdam has worked as a clinician in elite sport for over 30 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and a longstanding physiotherapist to the Australian National Men’s Basketball team over that period. He has also had other associations with the Australian national swimming, track and field and rowing teams. He was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000 and in 2009 was appointed an adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra. His undergraduate qualification was gained in 1975, a postgraduate diploma in Sports in 1992, a Master’s in Sports in 2000. He was awarded specialist status in Sports Physiotherapy through Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2009. Craig Purdam’s major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury and tissue loading, adaptation and healing mechanisms. He has co-authored around twenty one scientific papers on tendinopathy research during the period of 2000-2012.

Michael P Reiman, USA

Michael-P-Reiman.jpgMichael is an assistant professor of physical therapy at Duke University Medical Center. As a clinician Mike has over 20 years of experience in assessing, rehabilitating, and training athletes, clients, and patients at various levels of ability. In addition to his certifications as an athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, Mike is a manual therapy fellow through the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists, is a USA Weightlifting level 1 coach and a USA Track and Field level 1 coach. Mike has co-written the only textbook on functional testing, Functional Testing in Human Performance, is currently writing an Orthopaedic Examination text, and has written 12 book chapters on orthopedic examination/intervention and sport-related training.  He has also written over 40 peer-reviewed articles, currently serves on the editorial board for, and is a reviewer for multiple sports and orthopedic related journals. He continues to practice clinically on various sports and orthopedic hip and spine-related injuries.

Kristian Thorborg, Denmark

Kristian-Thorborg.jpgKristian Thorborg has been a specialist in sports physiotherapy and musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2004, and is an Associate Professor at the Copenhagen University. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles and 20 book chapters. He has been lecturing at the Copenhagen University since 2009, and has been an invited speaker at more than 50 national and international conferences. Prof Thorborg was the Editor In Chief for the journal of Danish Sports Medicine from 2007-10 and Chairman for the Revision of National Clinical Specialization in Physiotherapy in Denmark (2010-11). Prof. Thorborg works as a researcher at the Sports Orthopedic Research Center – Copenhagen and Physical Medicine Rehabilitation – Copenhagen (PMR-C), which are both part of the Copenhagen IOC Research Centre. Prof. Thorborg also still sees patients, as well as doing consultancy.

Erik Witvrouw, Belgium